Our Team


Professor Bee Scherer, PhD, Chair of Comparative Religion, Gender and Sexuality, Canterbury Christ Church University, U.K.


INCISE has associates from all faculties of CCCU and, in various ways, contribute to and benefit from the research life of the centre:

PhD Researchers

  • Abigail Armstrong (History and Gender)
  • Dana Blackstone (Performing Arts/Buddhism)
  • Rabea Brok (Religion/Gender/Socio-economic Justice)
  • Nick Furze (Critical Film Studies)
  • Lidis Garbovan (Sociology/Identity/Asia)
  • Annie Hayford (Well-being/Queer Theory/Gender/Sexuality)
  • Nicole Holt (Religion/Well-being)
  • Keli Jenner (Biological anthropology/Sexuality/Sustainability)
  • Harriet Kersey (History and Gender)
  • Paula Kuzbit (Nursing/Queer Theory/Gender/Sexuality)
  • James Murphy (Psychology/Religion)
  • Dan Thorpe (Queer Theory/Disability/Religion)
  • Peter Walker (Theology/Critical Theory)

Visit the INCISE postgraduate blog here.

Visiting Scholars

Guest Speakers

INCISE is regularly hosting a range of international guest speakers. Please check back for updates.

Past speakers:

  • Dr. James Ponniah, Assistant Professor, Department of Christian Studies, University of Madras: “Religious Violence in South Asia: Its Victims and their Responses”, 14 March 2016  (see the video)
  • Professor Tom Foster, DePaul University: ” Enslaved Men and Same-Gender Intimacy and Exploitation”, 10 October 2016
  • Professor Naomi Goldenberg, Ottawa University – “Queer Theory meets Critical Religion” – INCISE Launch celebration, 14 October 2016 (see the video)
  • Sheikha Halima Krausen, University of Hamburg: “INCISE seminar series: Islam & Social Justice”, 17 October 2016 (see the video)
  • Professor Felicity Callard, Durham University: “Interdisciplinarity as Research Methodology – RDP with INCISE : Theory of Knowledge Series”, 10 November 2016
  • Dr Wim Peumans, University of Witwatersrand: “Queer Muslims in Belgium: Religion, Migration and Sexuality”, 5 December 2016 (see the video)
  • Dr Simon Hayhoe, University of Bath: “Towards a Greater Dialogue on Disability between Muslims and Christians”, 23 January 2017 (see the video)
  • Professor Chris Mounsey, University of Winchester: “Fribs, Tribs and a Deaf Tyre Smith: A Brief History of Androgyny”, 16 March 2017 at the Sidney Cooper Gallery (see the video)
  • Professor Aleardo Zanghellini, Univeristy of Reading: “Religion and Transphobia in the Courtroom”, IDAHOT day 17 May 2017 (see the video)

External Advisory Board

Professor Carol Anderson, PhD. Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Kalamazoo College, Michigan, U.S.A.
Religion/South Asia/Feminism/Sexuality/Disability

Professor Nikita Dhawan, Dr. phil. habil. Professor of Political Science (Political Theory and Gender Studies) and Director of the Research Platform Gender Studies: “Identities – Discourses – Transformations”, University of Innsbruck, Austria – Gender/Queer/Politics/Critical Theory/Socio-economic Inclusion

Professor Naomi Goldenberg, PhD, Full Professor, Department of Classics and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada  – Feminism/Theology/Psychoanalysis/Critical Theory

Professor Roger S. Gottlieb, PhD. Professor of Philosophy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA, USA – Philosophy/Religion/Ecology/Sustainability/Disability

Professor Chris Mounsey, PhD. Professor of English, University of Winchester, U.K. – Queer/Disability/History/Literature

Professor Baden Offord, PhD. Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights Education and Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights, Director of the Centre for Human Rights Education, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University, Australia – Human Rights/Queer/Disability/Inclusive Education

Professor Kathleen O’Mara, PhD. Professor of African Studies, SUNY-Oneonta, NY, USA – Queer/Gender/History/Philosophy/Religion/Sustainability

Professor Padam Simkhada, PhD Professor of International Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, U.K. – Public Health/Gender/Religion/Socio-economic Inclusion

Professor Pritam Singh, DPhil. Professor of Economics, Oxford Brookes University, U.K. – Sustainability/Economy/Religion

Professor Edwin Van Teijlingen, PhD. Professor of Reproductive Health, Bournmouth University, U.K.  -Medical Sociology/Sexuality/Religion/Socio-economic Inclusion

Professor Melissa Wilcox, PhD. Associate Professor of Religion and Gender Studies, Whitman College, Washington, USA – Queer/Contemporary Religion/Socio-economic Inclusion